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Gravesend’s Tamera Foster takes another step towards X Factor glory

PUBLISHED: 12:35 11 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:59 11 November 2013

Tamera Foster on X Factor. Pic from ITV/Tom Dymond

Tamera Foster on X Factor. Pic from ITV/Tom Dymond

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Gravesend’s Tamera Foster came back strong after last week’s X Factor bottom two performance, wowing judges with her take on Ella Fitzgerald’s Cry Me A River on Saturday.

The 16-year-old safely made it through to the next round, though the judges did have a bone to pick with Tamera - Sharon Osbourne said she felt the singer was still “holding back”.

After reaching the final eight, the former North West Kent College student has confirmed her place on the X Factor arena tour next year and will play venues including London’s Wembley Arena and the Liverpool Echo Arena.

Speaking after the show, Tamera spoke to the X Factor website to dispel myths about her being a diva.

She said: “I don’t feel like a star at all.

“I’m still learning so much. I’m not sure I will feel like one until I’m really up there, and I mean up there like Rihanna. I won’t feel like a star unless I reach that kind of status.

“Actually, my mum said just yesterday that she’s trying to get used to the fact her daughter is a celebrity and I thought, ‘no I’m not’. I don’t feel like one at all.”

She remains second favourite to win the show with the bookies, but judge Gary Barlow believes not winning the ITV talent show could be the best thing for Tamera.

Speaking on BBC Four’s Front Row, the Take That frontman said: “I kind of hope she doesn’t win. Because I think she’d be better as a second or third, moving forward into next year.”

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